Just how safe are these ships as far as sinking????? I went on a cruise as a child and all I remember is very rough seas. I was terrified thinking we were going to sink. This fear will not leave me. I would love to go again if I could get over this fear.
Unless you are thinking of sailing (?) on an overcrowded boat in Souteast Asia or through the Greek Isles, the statistics are very much in the favor of NOT sinking. It would take a mighty powerful wave to tip modern cruise ships. Oh-and stay away from icebergs.
Don't go see Titanic , Posiden Adventure or the Perfect Storm, none of these movies will help your fear. The modern cruise ship is not going to sink or turn over like in these movies. Modern ships are in fact made up of multiple watertight compartments . Modern ships have modern, radar, radio communication and weather information available to avoid storms and collisions. Modern ships have stabilizers to keep you from feeling as you did as a child.
Cruising is probably the safest form of transportation there is.
Relax, enjoy, go cruise. There is nothing like it to compare.
My wife was aprehensive about cruising and did it the first time to appease me. We now cruise an average of 14 to 21 days a year
and would do more but for restraints like full time jobs and money.
Enjoy . Go cruise.
While it is not 'impossible' for a cruise ship to sink, it is pretty close. There are so many safety measures built in that it is something whose chances are beyond consideration. If, and that is an real huge if, a modren cruiseship were to sink, there is more than enough lifeboats around to accomodate everyone TWICE! (All those cylinders you see on the outside decks are liferafts too!) The chances are that there would be at least a half dozen other cruise ships there within hours as well as many military and merchant ships and we won't even talk about news media!
Excluding acts of war, only three cruise ships sank during passanger service in the past 100 years. They are the Titanic (4/15/1912), the Andrea Doria (7/26/1956), and the Sun Vista (5/30/1999). You don't have anything to worry about. You are more at risk driving to the airport than aboard a ship.